Final score: SSS DS 8 – WaHo DS 8: (3-1)
We have played quite a number of matches these past few weeks and have had a lot of fun. This time, we went to Barneveld to play SSS Ladies 8. With two cars full of players and our coach for the day (Arjen from genst 3), we arrived at a brand-spanking new sports facility. In fact, the whole of Barneveld looked new; it appeared to be going through some major development; new church, new Jumbo, a whole new city…
Walking through the sports centre, we entered what could only be described as the orangest changing room we’ve ever seen. Even the light bulbs appeared to have a hint of orange to them (or maybe it was all that orange bouncing off the light?). How very Dutch. The sports hall where we played our match was (also orange, yes, but that’s not what I was going to write!) big and full of noise; two other matches were taking place at the same time (WaHo Gents 2 was on court at the other end). The place was full of volleyball players and a good number of spectators.
The first set started, and what a set it was. It would undoubtedly be considered as one of the tensest, closest (and longest!) sets we’ve played yet. Although it was only the first set, it felt like the last of five; everyone could feel the tension; it was tense even watching from the side benches. We were so close to winning the set (24-26), it had some amazing rallies and it really could have gone either way. There was a lot to be happy about.
We started with the second set high in spirit and positive (and a little frayed!) off the back of the first set. There were again some good rallies and points scored. However, we weren’t able to capitalise on things as much as we would have liked and lost the set 16-25. Things unravelled somewhat in the third set and we weren’t able to give the opponent as tough a challenge as before; we lost this one 10-25.
But, the popular idiom “good things come to those who wait” is probably the best way to describe the fourth set. We started off very well, so much so that the opponent’s coach called a time out quite early on. Just like in the first set, we had some good rallies and scored some excellent points, and with that we were able to advance with a big lead. We seemed to have re-gathered our focus and determination, even if it was the last set, because we won the set 25-16. In hindsight, maybe the song “What took you so long?” would be a more fitting way to describe set four… In any case, we were so happy that any spectator would have thought that we had won the whole match!
There were some very positive aspects to take home from this match; we won a set and gave SSS Ladies 8 a fairly tough time. In addition to that, we had a good time. If only we had won the first set, it could well have been our match. In the end, it wasn’t, but we’re facing them again on 23rd March and we’ll aim to “turn the tide” in our favour this time around!